Having previously stayed at another Edinburgh Park hotel on trips to Edinburgh we were curious to see how it’s new near-neighbour, the Premier Inn, would compare.
The location is out of town but near to the airport, city by-pass, Edinburgh Business Park, Gyle & Hermiston Shopping Centres and Ingliston Showground. It’s not a scenic setting.
On this occasion we were attending the Six Nations Rugby game between Scotland & Ireland at Murrayfield and it was handy to have the train connection literally across the road from the hotel entrance. Haymarket station, the nearest to Murrayfield, is one stop away (5 minutes) and a £3 off peak return adult fare. The stadium is approximately 20 minutes walk from there. Waverley station is only a further stop down the line if you wish to go to the city centre. Trains are regular although on Sundays not quite as frequent. The car was therefore safely left in the hotel’s free car park for the duration of our stay. Edinburgh city centre roads are effected by closures and diversions due to the continuing tram works and parking is expensive.
The hotel has only recently opened and everything inside is spic & span. The first thing to greet you at the entrance are a few machines for automatic check-in. Fortunately when our attempt failed there was a member of staff on hand to assist - it would have been easier just to have gone to them in the first place.
Our room #401 on the fourth floor overlooked the railway station. Sound proofing is good however we did hear some trains go past during our stay which is something we personally had not experienced previously at it’s near-neighbour.
We found the room quite spacious and fairly typical of what you’d expect for a Premier Inn décor-wise - plain and simple. Storage is fine and there are tea/coffee making facilities and a flat screen television. The double bed was very comfortable as was the lounge chair. A feature which my wife liked in this new hotel was the mirror with built-in lights and hairdryer alongside for ease of use when getting prepared to go out.
The ensuite had quality fittings and the shower above the bath had good water pressure.
The dining area and bar is tastefully decorated and has a relaxing feel to it. We only had breakfast but found the service here was friendly and attentive. We were welcomed by a local member of staff who explained what was available and quickly obtained our requested porridge which was one of the options to order - it tasted very good. The member of staff frequently checked to see that we were satisfied with everything and had a pleasant professional manner. Needless to say a warm buffet breakfast has its limitations regardless of where you obtain one - and the Premier Inn is no exception. We long for the day when cooked to order returns everywhere! There was a reasonable choice of items and we thought it was a good idea to have the serving spoon containers labelled to avoid cross-contamination of products which happens many places. Self serve ground Costa coffee, a selection of teas and real orange juice were available, as was a toaster.
There is also a Costa Coffee shop within the building however we didn’t visit that on this occasion.
There are no leisure facilities at Premier Inn whereas their near neighbour has a gym, pool and spa facilities on site which are free for guests to use if that‘s something of interest.
We found the staff at the hotel to be friendly, approachable and helpful - and many were Scottish which is a bonus in our eyes.
In summary we would say that the neighbouring hotels have many similarities and we’d happily stay in either. The big decider for us would be which was most favourably priced. On this occasion we obtained a rate of £85.50 for B&B for two adults at Premier Inn which during a Six Nations weekend we felt was reasonable (booked in August 2012, paid on arrival).
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